[Sing with me now!]
Fifty, wine-ifty United States
From thirteen American colonies!
Shout ’em! Scout ’em!
Tell all about ’em!
One by one,
….Til you’ve tried a wine, across every state line….
That’s right, fellow Winos! It’s the fun fact of Wine Talk Tuesday this week: Every state in our great nation makes wine!
I know what you’re thinking… “Really? [in your mind, you pull up your mental map of the U.S. and start looking at all the states… Alaska?? Arizona?? Michigan??] ….No…. that just can’t be true!” But it is!
Now you can’t expect to run down to your local wine shop, or even to Total Wine and be able to find a wine from every state. But if you decided to trek across the country and find local wineries selling their grape concoctions, you most certainly could do it!
In fact, Mr. Joel Stein wrote an article in Time Magazine in 2008 called, “Fifty States of Wine“. In the article he writes of his wine sampling mission across the U.S., which would not be considered complete until he had tried a wine from each and every state. His short article is amusing, so I recommend the read, but I thought I’d share some of his general observations and lessons while tasting wine from every U.S. state:
“Wines made at golf courses are not good.”
“I also learned that you can make and apparently sell some truly disgusting wine: six of the bottles I tried with a dozen friends were unanimously deemed “undrinkable.”
“After a lengthy tasting session where we tried 20 wines, my drunken friends encouraged me to drink from the spit bucket. I took a whiff and instantly realized it couldn’t taste as bad as the red from Cape Cod, which was the worst beverage of any kind I’d ever tasted–and I had to swallow barium for an upper-GI test. As I took a swig and swirled it around to gross out my friends, I thought it tasted like America. It was sweet, funky, simple, aggressive and not as bad as you’d been led to believe.”
Click here to read Stein’s article in Time Magazine. Below is a photo from the article showing one wine from each state. Fun!